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Moto Guzzi October 8, 2015 posted by

A Sound of Thunder: 1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans IV for Sale

1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans IV R Front

Many of our readers will find it very appropriate that I've referenced a Ray Bradbury short story about dinosaurs for the title of this post. In a world of GSX-Rs and ZX-7s the Moto Guzzi Le Mans IV was indeed a dinosaur, long past its days as a world-class sportbike by 1987. But by then, Guzzi wasn't really trying to compete with bikes from Japan, catering to die-hard Guzzisti in the same way Laverda did with last week's RGS. So not a cutting edge sportbike, but the longitudinal v-twin has plenty of muscle and the platform is generally very stable. Unfortunately, this example does appear to be fitted or, as some would say, afflicted with a 16" front wheel and tire combo.

These were all the rage in the 1980s, and fitted to increase a bike's handing and agility. Unfortunately, a bike's needed to be set up specifically to deal with the increased turn-in and Guzzi just bascially replaced the stock 18" with a 16" on some of their bikes. The effects varied from "negligible" to "high-speed weave across several lanes of traffic." If this one's gone 31,000 miles, it's probably fine, and you should be able to swap an 18" from a later bike on if you don't like the handling. That's what Guzzi did, after all...

1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans IV Dash

Set smack in the middle of that soft rubber [safety feature!] dash is an enormous, white-faced Veglia tachometer. Given the clatter and boom these things can emit, especially with what look to be Lafranconi mufflers fitted, I'm not sure that tach needs to be front-and-center like that, but it sure looks good.

And, as I always have to point out: the keys for these actually have a folding bit so that, once inserted, they just look like a round knob you then twist... Very cool, but hard to replace if you lose one say, driving back from the DC area with a Guzzi in the bed of your pickup truck and you stop for a quick bite and the key somehow falls out of your pocket...

Only key I've ever lost, and it wasn't even my bike.

1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans IV L Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans IV for Sale

3rd owner very show worthy  with 30,181 miles all original with the exception of the performance exhaust. Still have the original all boxed up for safe keeping. Reason for selling is age and medical condition preventing the owner from being able to enjoy this beautiful Italian icon of the 80's. Now its your turn to own a piece of motorcycling history.

Photographs aren't the best, but this does look like it's in nice shape, and with a Buy It Now price of just $5,500 you're looking at a very cheap way into Guzzi ownership, considering what V7s and original Le Mans are going for these days. These are very charismatic motorcycles, ideal for weekend rides and light touring where the ride is more important than how fast you get there...

-tad

1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans IV L Rear

A Sound of Thunder: 1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans IV for Sale
Moto Guzzi September 10, 2015 posted by

Berliner’s Request – 1979 Moto Guzzi Le Mans CX100

In the late 1970's, longtime U.S. motorcycle importers Joseph and Michael Berliner requested a 1000cc Moto Guzzi to compete with the BMW R100RS, and while Guzzi had a more touring oriented 1000SP, they capitalized on the Le Man's good name and introduced the CX100.  Built in 1979 and only 353 units, it's quite rare to find a stock CX100 these days, most having undergone cosmetic surgery.  The distinctive fairing was honed in Guzzi's wind tunnel and looks tough but provides stability at speed.

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1979 Moto Guzzi Le Mans CX100 for sale on eBay

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Using gear-driven overhead cams to actuate the 2-valve heads, the 949cc CX100 generates about 80 hp, but a healthy helping of torque.  With the good handling Le Mans frame, forks were up-sized and brake calipers moved behind.  The CX100 is equipped with Guzzi's linked brake system, which generated many complaints but tested very well.  The colorful and fully equipped dash came over from the 1000SP, and the bars tuck in properly.  The fairing from the Mk. II Le Mans re-design shares the angularity between the handlebar and engine fairings, protecting the rider better than the original bikini.

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Stored for many years, this Le Mans has only 2,500 and change miles.  Part of its re-birth was a re-paint, but appears correct and well-detailed.  Hard to see anything that's not stock here, though the owner states that the airbox is in storage - from the eBay auction:

The motorcycle was purchased from the original owner who had the bike stored in his garage until 3 years ago.
The bike is in fantastic condition , over the years the tank and fairings picked up some scratches from being in a packed garage so naturally I had the bodywork repainted to factory specs. Looks amazing.
The bike is Concours ready, you could ride this bike anywhere or display it in your home, it is that nice!
The mileage is extremely low, I have yet to find another CX100 anywhere that is this nice, or with this low of mileage.
Velocity stacks are running screens right now , but the stock air box is included along with the original owners manual.

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Evidently a collector with other Guzzis, this owner has done a smashing restoration of a particular moment in Moto Guzzi history.  Too long and heavy to be too sporty, this bike still cruises at 100 mph with surprising ability in the esses...

-donn

Berliner’s Request – 1979 Moto Guzzi Le Mans CX100
Moto Guzzi September 2, 2015 posted by

Glossy Black – 1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100

Following the final Le Mans model in 1993, Moto Guzzi introduced a similarly-styled model with an 1100cc engine.  Guzzi had tested the waters for a 1000cc 4-valve overhead cam Daytona model in 1992-93 and decided there were still a couple of good years in a carburetted pushrod machine.  With a revised frame and rear suspension, it was a fine platform for the 90 hp engine.  Not seen every day in black, the glossy forks and swingarm are a great look.

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1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for sale on eBay

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A couple of changes from other bikes in the Guzzi line-up from those years - absent is the linked brake system, possibly attempting to be more basic and sporty.  The 320mm  front and 283mm rear disk are up to the task of hauling down the 500 lb. machine.  Also the hip upside-down forks were traded for a more conventional 41mm fork tuned by White Power.  They also did the rear monoshock, which suspends the new Compact Reactive Drive Shaft ( CARC in Italian ), a parallelogram which helps isolate the force of the shaft drive from the suspension.  Though not super sporty, the hallmark shaft drive is maintenance-free.

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The 1100 here shows well and the present owner knows the previous owner and the bike's history, always a good thing.  Mileage at 13,000 is mid-pack.  Generally stock, it does have a Corbin seat and aftermarket exhaust with carbon mufflers, and new tires.  From the eBay auction:

This is a fairly rare bike. Very original and in exceptional condition. There are minor cosmetic imperfections from normal use but the bike has obviously been well looked after for its entire life. I know the history of it going back many years having bought it from a good friend who owned it for a long time.  The bike is largely original with the exception of the Corbin seats and a single gel battery conversion.  It also presently has a Brembo Gold front brake master cylinder on it as the original (included) needs to be re-built. It has a nice full aftermarket exhaust with an extremely nice OEM exhaust included.

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He goes on to say that the front brake light switch isn't working but expects to repair it, and that the rear main seal was suspected of fouling the clutch but is working fine after an adjustment.

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The 1100 Sport tested well at the time, a stable platform with lots of torque, the 17-inch front wheel aiding turn-in.  The revised rear suspension reduced the tendency of the rear suspension to extend under power, but made the torque effect of the big twin more noticeable, an improvement to a knowing rider.  The sculpted fairing, tank, airbox, and seat fairing all work well together ( especially in black with the classic red and gold emblems ) creating a strong, handsome presence.  The Sport 1000 is great mix of classic Guzzi character and modern components...

-donn

Glossy Black – 1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100
Moto Guzzi August 27, 2015 posted by

Red Survivor – 1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV

Almost 20 years on since the introduction of the V7 and the big V-twin was still the basis for the Moto-Guzzi range.  Alejandro De Tomaso took a personal interest in the machine, displacement was increased from 850 to 1000cc, and the front wheel size reduced to 16 inches in the interest of quicker handling.  In various minor revisions and special editions, the Le Mans 1000 carried the marque until the early nineties when fuel injected models were ready.

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1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV for sale on eBay

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Sporting a more angular but bikini-style fairing, the Mk. IV Le Mans looks back at the sporty cafe racer it was when introduced in 1976.  The red-orange paint, now extended to the frame and forks, recalls earlier 850 models.  Small body fairing and chin scoop direct air over the cylinders.  Larger valves and 10:1 compression ratio gave a nice bump in power from the 850, needed as weight had creeped up to over 500 lbs.  With shaft drive and the fairly high-geared 5-speed transmission, if not super quick the 1000 was plenty fast with a top speed of almost 140 mph.  Steering was enhanced with the 16-inch front wheel, though not all riders considered it an improvement to the long heavyweight the bike had become.  Early linked brakes were a safety enhancement, handlebar lever operating the right front brake disk, and pedal gave you left front and rear brake together, each disk 270mm.

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Sparklingly presented by a Nashville dealer, this Le Mans has only 5,100 original miles and appears unrestored.  The eBay auction lists a few updates and repairs:

This Le Mans is in fantastic original condition and was just picked up from the second owner. It is bone stock with the exception of the leather bags and upgraded exhaust (comes with original exhaust as well, in poor condition) The paint is all original and is very glossy with very few minute blemishes. The tires are new Metzlers, 500mi ago. The brakes lines were all replaced due to age (original included) and the rear master cylinder was also recently replaced. Comes with all it's original keys, 2 ignition, and two for the neck.

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Though a mature design at the beginning of the sportbike "revolution", the Le Mans 1000 is still a looker, and can still perform.  The bombproof twin and shaft drive make it a cafe racer for the long term...

-donn

Red Survivor – 1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV
Moto Guzzi August 9, 2015 posted by

Freight Train coming through – 1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100

1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 on eBay

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If you like being the guy on something different, here is a nice way to stand out.  Full of character, history and heritage, Moto Guzzi is the oldest European motorcycle manufacturer still in constant production.  Guzzi's are described as an "acquired taste" full of idiosyncrasies that set them apart for better or worse from other motorcycles.  The most obvious thing to jump out at you is the longitudinally mounted 1064cc v-twin engine which, in theory, should allow for a shorter wheelbase.  As you can see, this didn't exactly play out.  The Sport 1100 is big, it's long and it's heavy.  It is not quick to turn, but once it's cranked over, it holds a line extremely well.  Contributing to this stability is the outsourced WP forks which also hold Brembo brakes.

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This particular Sport 1100 is showing a very low 2300 miles and is in near flawless and original condition, down the to 20 year old OEM tires (you may want to address this if you plan on doing any actual riding).  It is striking to look at, and like many Italian bikes of the era, would make a great Sunday cruiser, but is probably not very practical for daily riding.  You can check out the eBay listing here:  1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 on eBay.

1995 MOTO GUZZI SPORT 1100, TWO OWNER MOTORCYCLE, THE FIRST OWNER KEPT IT IN HIS COLLECTION IN CONNECTICUT AFTER BUYING IT NEW IN JUNE 10, 1996 FROM MARSH MOTORCYCLES IN EAST WINDSOR CT. AND PUT LESS THEN 1900 MILES ON THE BIKE, SECOND OWNER HAD A LOT OF MOTORCYCLES AND WAS VERY BUSY WITH HIS FLYING JOB AND HARDLY RODE IT.  TODAY IS HAS 2270 ORIGINAL MILES!
THAT IS NOT A MISPRINT, THE BIKE HAS LESS THEN 2270 ORIGINAL MILES!!!

THIS HAS TO BE THE FINEST, LOWEST MILE, MOST PERFECT 1995 MOTO GUZZI SPORT 1100 ON THE PLANET!!

IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT ONLY 100 OF THESE WERE IMPORTED INTO THE UNITED STATES THAT YEAR!

I HAVE THE ORIGINAL OWNERS PAPERWORK, BILL OF SALE ($9752.00 IN 1996!) AND THE BROCHURE FROM THE DEALER THAT IS BEAUTIFUL WITH MANY COLOR PICTURES.  BIKE WAS ONLY AVAILABLE IN THREE COLORS, BLACK, RED AND SILVER AND THIS BIKE HAS THE SILVER PAINT, EXCEPT FOR ONE TINY SCRATCH ON THE TAILPIECE (PICTURED) THE PAINT AND DECALS ARE PERFECT DUE TO THE FACT THE BIKE WAS INSIDE STORED ALL OF THESE YEARS! IT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS NEVER OUTSIDE IN THE SUN, IT IS THAT PERFECT AS ARE THE DECALS AND HAS NEVER BEEN IN THE RAIN ACCORDING TO THE TWO PREVIOUS OWNERS!

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Freight Train coming through – 1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100
Moto Guzzi June 25, 2015 posted by

Big Iron – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corse

Set the way-back machine for 1975 and attend EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori) in Milan, there you'll see the original bikini-faired Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans, the iconic basis for the long line of Le Mans-badged machines.  The torquey long-wheelbase heavyweights were ( and are ) the cornerstone of Guzzi's line-up.

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2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corse for sale on eBay

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The Racing Red model is part of the V11 series, the most recent to wear the LeMans name, and was produced until 2006.  Before that the 850 Le Mans went through three updates from 1976 - 84, and then the 1000 Le Mans was built until 1991.  All have been based on the 45-degree pushrod V-twin, pushing a single-plate dry clutch and shaft drive, the V11 displacing 1064cc and worthy of 91 hp.

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Outstanding components set the more recent Guzzi's apart, Marelli ignition and injection, Ohlins forks and monoshock, Brembo brakes, La Francona exhaust.  All are a little bigger than you might expect but make sense for the long, heavy machine.  The handlebar fairing has grown into the upper part of a sportbike fairing, and complementary monoposto cover reveals a pillion seat.  Exotic red anodized valve covers and frame connectors work well with the fade-out checkered flag paint scheme.

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This particular Rosso Corse is basically new, with not even break-in miles.  Hard to pick up any deficiencies in the pictures.  From the eBay auction:

2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corse  767 miles. Ohlins suspension. Limited production collector quality big twin. Bike was traded to Pro Italia on a new Moto Guzzi. No stories, it's near perfect. Anodized red parts are unfaded. Our shop only needed to fit a fresh battery to make ready for sale.

More of an exclusive cafe' racer than full-on sportbike, the V11 still handles well, shading toward stability more than maneuverability.  Likely to be the only Guzzi and almost certainly the only V11 on your next Sunday ride...

-donn

 

Big Iron – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corse